A postdoctoral research fellow or research associate (staff scientist) position is available in Dr. Assem Ziady's laboratory for PhD graduates with outstanding writing skills to write/edit grant proposals, manuscripts for publication, Institutional Review Board protocols, conference presentations, and/or other documents as needed. The Ziady lab studies Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Focus areas are 1) development of biomarkers of lung function decline in chronic lung disease; 2) understanding the regulation of Nrf2 activity and identify various interventions as therapy for Nrf2 dysfunction; and 3) examine and further develop non-viral DNA delivery vectors for CF gene therapy.
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1. Design, execute, and record laboratory experiments; apply standard scientific protocols to experiments, research, and improve current methods and evaluate innovative techniques. 2. Draft, write, and edit scientific reports, papers, journal articles, and abstracts. 3. Design and perform experiments and record data according to research protocol. Independently reproduce, evaluate, research, and improve techniques currently used. Adapt new methods to existing procedures and modify current experiments through scientific knowledge and intuition. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. 4. Develop, set-up, and verify new procedures in the laboratory. Standardize and establish new published procedures; evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new assays and new protocols; design formats. 5. Discuss relevant insights about experimental results with Faculty and provide useful recommendations and analysis. 6. Maintain an integral role in the laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications. Present information on research and laboratory work to others at laboratory meetings, journal clubs, and seminars. 7. Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Maintain and repair equipment; monitor proper use by personnel. 8. Maintain optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks. 9. Assist in preparing, writing, and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and prepare capital expenditure requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance, and resolve any discrepancies. 10. Follow policies and procedures governing the handling of confidential information as defined by Cincinnati Children's mission and applicable laws and regulations. Ensure timeliness, accuracy, availability, and security of information. 11. Perform routine procedures, including the collection and analysis of research data, which may affect decisions regarding future patient care. 12. Provide services in a manner to be regularly and conveniently available to meet the needs of Cincinnati Children's research initiatives as determined by department management and Cincinnati Children's governing body. 13. Maintain currency in field through continuing education, literature and seminars. Implement this knowledge into the Department. 14. Recommend approaches for improvement activities, recommend and perform new processes, collect and measure data, develop processes based on performance, and communicate results. 15. Ensure that work areas are organized and present a safe, accessible, effective and efficient environment. Manage attendance at required Cincinnati Children's training sessions, including radiation safety, laboratory safety, bloodborne pathogens, and OSHA. Comply with Infection Control policies and procedures. 16. Participate in establishing job requirements and goals; perform duties at the desired level of competency. 17. Understand, adhere to, and model Core Standards as defined organizationally and specifically within the department/unit. 18. Perform other duties as assigned.
For both positions - PhD, MD or equivalent degree
For the Research Associate position - 3 years related postdoctoral research experience
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field, a strong publication record with demonstrable ability to prepare manuscripts and grants, as well as data analysis and interpretation. A background in research relevant to the work done in the lab would be beneficial.
Skills & Competencies
Clerical Abilities Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail
Creativity Considering multiple perspectives or challenging traditional assumptions; formulating unusual, clever ideas or developing new insights; astutely identifying new ideas that will improve organizational functions, products, or services
Information Analysis Locating and gathering relevant information; recognizing and working to eliminate important gaps in existing information; determining the value of the information; synthesizing and organizing information to get a better understanding of a problem
Educational Resource Willingness to serve as an education resource to others
Supervision Ability to supervise others
Computer Proficiency Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), e-mail, and internet
Detail Orientation Meticulously keeping track of details without becoming overwhelmed by them; being exacting, precise, and accurate; spotting minor imperfections or errors and taking action to correct them
Organization Strong organizational and project management skills to handle projects independently.
Time Management Prioritization and time-management skills sufficient to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Analysis - Basic Analytical ability sufficient to evaluate data, make judgments and recommendations
Statistics - Intermediate Familiarity with statistical software, statistical techniques, statistical process control principles, and graphical data display
Lab Procedures - Advanced Knowledge and the ability necessary to independently perform advanced labor in a related field
About Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
At Cincinnati Children’s, we come to work with one goal: to make children’s health better. We believe in a team approach, both in caring for patients and their families, and in advancing science and discovery. We strive to do better, and find energy and inspiration in our shared purpose. If you want to be the best you can be, you can do it at Cincinnati Children’s.